While there wasn't an official grand opening of the Cupcake Express bakery on Pine island Road, many islanders have found their way there by word-of-mouth.
Cupcake Express is the creation of Cyndie Welker and Therese Dotsey. Welker and Dotsey met while working in retail.
"We were friends for several years before we decided to go out on our own and start a business," Welker said. "I have always enjoyed baking and after years of working retail I felt it was time for a change."
Cyndie Welker and Therese Dotsey at the Cupcake Express bakery on Pine Island Road.
A perfect blending of talents brought these two together. Welker does the baking and Dotsey brings the artistic side to the business and decorates the cakes. Dotsey also won this year's MangoMania Art Contest. Her artwork appears on the official MangoMania adult T-shirt.
In order to get the business started, they began selling cupcakes and cakes from their Cupcake Express truck last November.
"By visiting farmer's markets and other events in and around Cape Coral, we were able to get the business going while at the same time get our name out there," Welker said.
In April they decided to open a bakery and retail store where they could expand their baked goods and make them more readily available to the public.
The store is located at 10731 Stringfellow Road, Pine Island, (just a couple of blocks north of the Pine Island Road intersection) and can be easily spotted by the big yellow "Cupcake Express" truck parked outside.
Cupcake flavors include: German chocolate, vanilla w/ chocolate icing, red velvet, chocolate lovers, coconut, chocolate peanut butter, carrot, banana, lemon, Key lime, vanilla and pumpkin.
They also create holiday gourmet cupcakes, birthday party cupcakes and custom gourmet cupcakes.
Custom cakes for any occasion are available in any cupcake flavor starting at $25 for a 1/4 sheet. One-day notice is all they need when ordering and they have free local delivery for all orders.
"Stop in for a latte, cappuccino or espresso ... and, of course, some cupcakes" Dotsey said. "Come and relax in our outdoor dessert cafe."